5 Quick Ways to Relieve Stress at Work

Stress is becoming the biggest health problem in modern society.  As we deal with daily financial pressures, family pressures and especially pressures in the workplace; stress and anxiety can’t be avoided.

Stress in the workplace is a growing concern as employee’s work tirelessly putting in more than 40 hours per week at their jobs.  Even then they do several jobs all at once, missing breaks, rushing about, being available to everyone, eating on the run, taking work home, and having no time for exercise or relaxation.  It’s no wonder they are vulnerable to stress, anxiety and illness.stress

Here are five quick ways to ease the pressure and provide stress relief:

1) Stop worrying

Worrying is extremely dangerous for your health as it increases the chances of becoming ill or even having a heart attack.  Worrying is nothing more than anticipating what’s to come and doing nothing about it.  You think unnecessary thoughts and begin to play the “what if” game.  “What if I don’t go to work today?”  What if I lose my job?”  What if I can’t pay my bills?”

If you did do something in anticipation of future events, you would then be planning and not worrying.

2) Self-control

Remember that you are in complete control of your emotions and therefore you can learn to manage your stress.  Other people don’t have access to your mind unless you give them permission.  Only you have complete control of your emotions and actions.

3) Don’t be afraid to say NO

Change the dynamics of your situation.  If you can learn how to be more assertive it will enable you to say what you think and act how you want to.  Imagine how much less stressed this will make you feel.

4) Get outside and walk

If you work in an office with air conditioning, get outside and clear your head.  Walk about and fill your lungs with air.  Try some deep breathing techniques to re-energizes and invigorate your mind and body.  This simple exercise also releases hormones that affect your mood creating a more relaxed and positive frame of mind and releasing physical stress from the body.

5) Enjoy the moment

Find something that makes you smile or laugh out loud.  Laughter is an answer to stress because it’s difficult to be stressed and anxious when you’re having fun.  Take time every day to do something you enjoy.

For more stress relieving techniques, pick up my book Stressed Out? Causes, Effects, Solutions.